- an interruption or failure in the supply of power, especially electricity.
- the period during which power is lost: a two-hour outage on the East Coast.
- a stoppage in the functioning of a machine or mechanism due to a failure in the supply of power or electricity.
- the quantity of goods lost or lacking from a shipment.Compare innage(def 1).
- Aeronautics. the amount of fuel used during a flight.Compare innage(def 2).
Origin of outage
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Examples from the Web for outage
But the outage has raised the question of what that proportional response would look like, and whether it would be legal.Cyberwar on North Korea Could Be Illegal
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See the funniest tweets about the outage from news junkies, pundits, Times reporters, and more.Tweets From the Great New York Times Blackout of 2013
August 14, 2013
The length of this outage is not yet determined, but we hope it will be at most until tomorrow morning.Comments Section Down Until Tomorrow
May 15, 2013
A few beats later, Tunku articulated this widespread anxiety: “Did Chinese hackers trigger the outage?”Super Bowl Blackout Should Help Build Momentum for a Smart Grid
February 5, 2013
“I hope everything goes back to normal soon,” Janajra said, worrying about how the outage will affect his business.New York Fuel Runs on Empty in Hurricane Sandy Aftermath
November 2, 2012
- a quantity of goods missing or lost after storage or shipment
- a period of power failure, machine stoppage, etc
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Word Origin and History for outage
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